HFPA in a golden mood

27 film schools, nonprofit orgs to get $1 mil in grants

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. marked its second year of donating more than $1 million in financial grants Wednesday at its annual installation luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Those on hand to accept the donations for the 27 film schools and nonprofit organizations included Brad Pitt (on behalf of the Film Foundation), Kevin Bacon (Film Independent), America Ferrera (National Assn. of Latino Independent Producers), Ziyi Zhang (FilmAid Intl.) and Sally Field (Sundance Institute).

“We don’t have to talk to each other about how important film is,” Field said in accepting her org’s $75,000, “how powerful it is on a world level for the human condition and human rights. To really stand in somebody else’s shoes, to understand other cultures. This support that you have given us and continue to give us is so incredibly important.”

The Film Foundation was the biggest benefactor with $250,000 toward the creation of a program to restore the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

California Institute of the Arts School of Film/Video received $105,500, with $50,000 for scholarships and $55,500 for upgrades and improvements to HFPA Digital Labs.

Event also welcomed newly elected president of HFPA Philip Berk, who introduced officers and members of the board of directors.

The HFPA, a nonprofit org that raises money through its Golden Globe Awards, has bestowed more than $5.5 million in grants during the past 11 years.

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